Sunday, April 26, 2009

$3.33 a day: Spicy Noodles and Wheat Free Muffin Recipe

Spicy Noodles!

I've been at my old house for several days while my X was out of town. I brought over a bunch of food to cook there (and so I'd have something healthy to eat. They seem to live on white flour based products). I pureed the leftover peanut sauce from the freezer with more ginger, chickpeas and cooked zucchini (to make it a REAL one pot dish and get zukes and chickpeas into my younger son). Tossed with cilantro and lentil sprouts and finished with lime juice and of course Siracha, these are an all time favorite for my kids. I used whole wheat spaghetti for the noodles.

Mustard and Onion Baked Tempeh Collard Wraps

Sometimes, I have to go out of town and I always pack food. I avoid the drive through *cough Taco Bell* and save money at the same time. Collard wraps travel well as long as you wrap them in parchment to hold them together. I made 3 of these wraps and packed it along with a green smoothie, popcorn topped with nutritional yeast and cajun seasoning, raisins and sunflower seeds and some lentil sprouts.

Spring has finally sprung in New Hampshire!

Chickpea/Potato/Zucchini Scramble

Just simple scrambe.. topped with nutritional yeast, ketchup and toasted sesame seeds. Quick, healthy and one pot. We had around 1 c of leftovers which I mixed with marinara and kale for a quick soup.

Wheat Free Zucchini Breakfast Muffins

These came out delicious. Just a note if you make them; my breakfast muffins are pretty mild in flavor since my kids eat them so early in the morning. They are not like cake!

Wheat Free Zucchini Muffins

Dry Ingredients:

2 c oats, ground (measure before grinding)

1 c brown rice flour

¼ c chickpea or yellow split pea flour

2 t ground cloves

1 T cinnamon

¼ t kal stevia

¼ t black pepper

¼ t salt

2 t baking powder

1/3 c sugar or sucanat (or ¾ c sugar if not using stevia)

Wet Ingredients:

2 c shredded zucchini (1 medium)

¾ c cooked soy beans

3 T chia seeds

1 banana

¾ c water

¼ c evoo

Juice and zest of 1 lemon

1 t almond extract

1 t vanilla extract

1 t lemon extract (optional)

Optional: 1 c walnuts, cinnamon sugar

Method: Preheat oven to 375

Mix the dry ingredients together and make a well in the middle.

Shred the zucchini, place in a separate mixing bowl

Process of the rest of the wet ingredients then mix with the zucchini. Fold into dry mixture (adding nuts if desired)

Spray a muffin tin with cooking spray and scoop ¼ c for each muffin. Top with some cinnamon sugar if desired. Bake for 25 minutes

Yield: 18 muffins

Jorda approves this blog post!


  1. Hooray for wheat free baking! Thanks, Mel: I have to make those for my family now :)

  2. love your adorable dog.

    i'm glad spring has come. i've heard it's been very warm there. sun and flowers are very uplifting for me. i love spring.

  3. i'm totally gonna have to try your wheat free muffins - they sound so darn good, Melody! Jorda is just too cute!

    your spicy noodles sound absolutely glorious, and your scarmble is making me sad that i didn't get to enjoy some for my breakfast! ;) hooooooray for spring! thanks for the tip on taking collard wraps with you on-the-go - i'm definitely going to have to try it out! thanks again!

  4. Yummy looking noodles! I am constantly impressed with your ability to transform leftovers into completely different dishes! It must never be boring at your house :)

  5. Love the spicy noodles and muffins - yum!! Jorda is such a cutester! And I love the idea of using a leafy green instead of a tortilla for a wrap!!!

  6. Yummmy!! I am going back to gluten/wheat free, thanks for the recipe.

    Thanks for the wonderful kind words you left me. It's so nice to have support and dear friends, even if they are online..I actually think my online friends are better then my real life ones. :)

    Love the name Jorda. Thinking it's a good baby name! ;)

  7. Spicy noodles? My favorite!

    Also, I am 100% in favor of pet photos closing out posts. Jorda looks so smart!

  8. Nice pictures--those are some pretty spicy noodles! I just discovered your blog, and I'll definitely be checking back.

  9. mmm yummy scramble!! thanks for the recipe. i am always amazed at all the different types of flours there are...

    yay dog :)

  10. puppy! muffins! puppy and muffins! you have now made my day complete. thank you, Mel. I hearts you long time.

  11. Mmmm delicious meals and I love the muffins! And awww Jorda is too adorable!!!

  12. your muffins sound amazing, I like that they're wheat free too - I'm trying to use more wheat-free flours when I'm baking lately.

    Your spicy noodles look so good as well.

  13. Im fron argentina and I really love your blog and the way your meals look. I just finished a good plate of spicy noodles myself! :) thanks for the inspiration

  14. What fantastic muffins- When it's prime zucchini season and the fridge is stuffed with squash, I'll have to remember to try this recipe.

  15. Your scramble looks delicious along with everything else, of course!
    Jorda looks so sweet!

  16. Wheat free muffins--yay! And the wrap looks great, as always--thanks for the parchment paper tip. :)

  17. I love the idea of blending chickpeas and veg right into a peanut sauce!

  18. those collard wraps look awesome!

  19. Yum! As usual, your food looks terrific. And I "heart" Jorda. We are a Pitbull family. It is nice to know other PBB owners. PBB stands for "Peanut Butter Buddy". That is what I used to call my Pitbull Dexter. God rest his soul. Oh how I miss that darn dog. He was the best Pitbull ever.

  20. Spicy noodles? Yum.

    You know I love Jorda. Just look at that face.

  21. Those look like some very hearty muffins and thanks for a wheatfree recipe!

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